Tatami is a term whose origins lie in the tongue Japanese. It is a surface on which various Martial Arts and certain activities are carried out in Japanese houses.
The tatami is a mat that is usually made with straw, although currently there are also tatamis made with Synthetic materials. The traditional design of Japanese homes includes various precepts when arranging tatami mats in a environment.
Specifically, it must be stated that the traditional and classic tatami of Japan is characterized by the following particularities:
-It is made with what is rice straw that is then covered with another natural product such as bamboo igusa.
-If it was so present in many homes, and it continues to be in others, it is precisely because the tatami of this type not only gives warmth but also a pleasant sensation of comfort and the necessary hardness.
There are many companies, both in Japan and abroad, that do not hesitate to resort to the manufacture of tatami mats. In order to ensure the health and safety of their customers, what they do is offer them the guarantees that their products have a health certificate that confirms that the rice straw and bamboo used do not contain bacteria or bugs of any kind.
At first, the tatami was an accessory that was found in the houses of the families of better economic position, since it allowed to cover the floor of Earth. Over time its use spread and acquired other characteristics. The tea ceremony, for example, it is done on a tatami.
Tatami mats also earned a place in martial arts. sports As the karate and the judo they are usually practiced on a tatami: competitors, therefore, step on its surface while fighting.
It is called tatami iwashi, on the other hand, to a gastronomic preparation made with sardines (A class of fish). Its preparation involves drying the sardines in the sun and then intertwining them together, forming a kind of leaf.
Once the iwashi tatami is assembled, it can be cut and used in a variety of dishes. It is possible to use the iwashi tatami as an aperitif or inside soups, to name a few possibilities.
The iwashi tatami is also considered as sakana: an accompaniment to alcoholic beverages such as sake. In this sense, the product fulfills a role similar to Spanish tapas.
Several interesting facts about this dish are worth highlighting:
-It is called tatami because it aesthetically resembles the aforementioned rice straw rugs from Japan.
-Can be cut into different sizes.
-It becomes one of the most frequent appetizers offered in Japanese restaurants to accompany a beer.
In the same way, we cannot forget that Tatami is also the name of a Japanese restaurant in the city of Santander that receives the same because diners enjoy their meals while sitting or lying on those mentioned classic straw rugs.